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Slides of Moon Photographs


This is a set of seven large glass slides depicting images of the moon. Each 12cm x 16.5cm slide appears to be a copy of a page of a photographic atlas called “Photographie Lunaire” by Maurice Loewy and Pierre Puiseux (1910). Some of the slides have a red and white sticker in one corner.

These slides are contained in a cardboard box that originally held unexposed slides. This has a warning label on the front.

Accession Number: 2018.ast.95

Alternative Name:

Primary Materials: Glass, Cardboard


Handwritten in ink on a red and white sticker stuck to the box: “Photographie Lunaire Plates 13-24”

Written below this, also in ink: “Plates [xxxx] missing 28/4/22” [the plates missing have been scratched out]

Written above this, in ink: “Plates 20 & 23 missing 28/9/23”

On the warning label, stamped below a notice saying “THESE PLATES MUST BE DEVELOPED BEFORE”: “MAY 14 1922 7-3215”

Dimensions (cm):

Box: Length = 20, Width = 15, Height = 2.7


These slides were possibly used for demonstration or teaching.


Fair: The slides themselves are in good condition, although they are all slightly chipped around the edge, and in places the film is beginning to peel off the glass. The stickers stuck to the glass plates are very worn and dirty and rendered illegible. The cardboard box has collapsed; all the corners are worn and torn, and the surface of the box very dirty.

Associated Instruments:

2018.ast.92, 2018.ast.96, 2018.ast.97, 2018.ast.98


Slides: Unknown; Images: Maurice Loewy & Pierre Puiseux; Exposures: Unknown

Date of Manufacture:

Photographs: 1890s, Slides & Exposures: 1910-1922


It is unknown when these slides were produced, or why. They may be associated with teaching at the Department of Astronomy, or with work done at the David Dunlap Observatory. If the latter, they were likely moved from the David Dunlap Observatory in Richmond Hill in 2008, upon the sale of the observatory. It was stored at the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics until 2017, when it was moved to a new storage location in McLennan Physical Laboratories.

Additional Information and References:

The Metropolitan Museum holds a photogravure by Loewy & Puiseux, <a href=>and provides some information</a> about their work [24/01/18].

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